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2014 Roll on Capitol Hill Best Yet

2014 Roll on Capitol Hill Best Yet

NEW YORK, N.Y. – United Spinal Association and advocates from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, gathered in Washington, D.C., on June 22-25 for Roll on Capitol Hill to shape policies that impact the health, independence and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders. Roll on Capitol Hill […]

Ian Burkhart Neurobridge

Quad’s Thoughts Move Hand with Neurobridge

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first person to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass […]

Ron Scanlon: 1956-2014

Ron Scanlon: 1956-2014

Ron Scanlon, a paraplegic master in the martial art of Kung Fu San Soo, died peacefully at his Ontario, Calif., home on June 11, due to complications related to kidney failure. He was 58. Scanlon grew up in Southern California and became a para at age 9, the result of a car accident. “He told […]

Handcycle Team Aims for RAAM World Record

Handcycle Team Aims for RAAM World Record

Two paraplegic handcyclists are headed for the RAAM finish line and a place in history, 3021 miles away.

Taco Bell Settles $5.4 Million Class Action Suit

Taco Bell Settles $5.4 Million Class Action Suit

A federal judge has preliminarily approved Taco Bell’s $5.4 million class action settlement for failing to meet state and federal accessibility requirements.

Para in Robotic Exoskeleton to Kick at World Cup

Para in Robotic Exoskeleton to Kick at World Cup

The FIFA World Cup generates tremendous global buzz every four years, and the 2014 games will be even more exciting as a Brazilian paraplegic will don a state-of–the–art robotic exoskeleton and take a kick during the opening ceremony. “The movements are very smooth,” said Dr. Miguel Nicolelis about the exoskeleton to the Guardian. “They are […]

Joseph Gaskins Named CEO of United Spinal Association

Joseph Gaskins Named CEO of United Spinal Association

United Spinal Association today announced Joseph Gaskins, an experienced Washington, D.C. lobbyist, accomplished executive in the wireless industry and wheelchair user from Seattle, Wash., as its permanent president and CEO. Gaskins took over last December as United Spinal’s interim CEO after the resignation of Paul J. Tobin. He has been a member of United Spinal’s […]

Alarming New CDC Study on Lack of Exercise

Alarming New CDC Study on Lack of Exercise

An alarming new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control finds that nearly half of adults with disabilities get no exercise and this significantly increases their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. “The bottom line is that physical activity is a wonder drug,“ says Dr. Ileana Arias, CDC’s principal deputy director. “Too […]

British Paralympian David Weir Sets Record

British Paralympian David Weir Sets Record

It’s been 60 years since Sir Roger Bannister shocked the world by running a sub-four minute mile and he was on hand in late May for London’s Bupa Westminster Mile as Britain’s David Weir attempted to become the first wheelchair racer to come in under three minutes. Weir, a six-time Paralympic gold medalist, dominated the […]

Sam Schmidt Drove a Race Car With His Head

Sam Schmidt Drove a Race Car With His Head

Sam Schmidt’s promising IndyCar career ended 14 years ago when his race car crashed into a wall, but he retook the wheel during preparations for this year’s Indianapolis 500 to demonstrate the latest in automotive wizardry. Schmidt, a quadriplegic and longtime IndyCar team owner, cruised several times around the hallowed track at speeds exceeding 100 […]